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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2017, 10:10:58 AM »
I used to get upset and pluck grey hairs until my child was leaning over my shoulder one day and asked why I was growing "unicorn hairs" 

Since then I have left them alone.  :) 
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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2017, 04:49:58 PM »
I have a few gray hairs that I want to cover up for a special even I will be attending.

Any suggestions on how I can cover it. I have never colored my hair before.

If I go the coloring root, do I need to use different shampoo for colored hair?


If it is just a few (less than 10), I'd second the suggestion to pluck them.  Similarly, if you don't plan to keep coloring them and just want a one-night solution, a temporary color is best (the hair/root touch-up tools are sold with the box dyes).

I started going gray at 21 (just a handful, but all located at my temple) but didn't color my hair regularly until my 30s.  At this point (early 40s), I just color the top layer, so all the hair from the tops of my ears down is now original color, plus a lot more gray than before.  The effect is like low-lighting or ombre, almost, and doesn't show the gray at all.  At some point I'll gradually color less and less so it's more a highlight effect than full coverage.


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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2017, 08:35:45 PM »
Loreal has a root touch up spray that works really well. Comes in all hair colors. Stays in until you wash it out.


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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2017, 02:34:28 PM »
If you want to dye your hair, go with a salon, at least for the first time, specially since it's for an event. I tried colouring my hair at home and I ended up with so-so results in my hair and little spots of dye on the counter. I think they are still there years later.

I stopped dyeing my hair years ago, because of finances (it does get pricey long term) and I realized I like my grey.

Almost forgot : hair dye will also dye your skin if you are not careful during application.
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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2017, 09:11:41 AM »
there is a product that is a dry shampoo with color, comes in red, black, and blonde - not sure how well it works. I only know we got cases of it to give away at the food shelf where I volunteer.

this or a professional. box dye has more metallics in it than you ever want in your hair. also, eye shadow can work in a pinch.



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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2017, 09:16:24 AM »
I've never had problems dying my hair at home, but that's no guarantee. I'd say for a first time, plus for a fancy event, go to a professional. You'll get a sense of what it's like.
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Re: Gray hairs
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2017, 06:34:28 PM »
I've hennaed my own hair, and had it done professionally. I much prefer the latter... although that may also be because I prefer a red that is clearly not a shade granted by nature.  ;D

I'm not sure what brand my stylist uses, but it's a low/no-ammonia formulation that's gentle on my hair. I also use shampoo not more than once a month, and rinse my hair at the end of the shower and dry it immediately, so my color lasts longer. (On the minus side, the demarcation between color and non-colored it quite clear, but since both colors are on the darker end, I can mostly get away with it. With the henna, though, it faded enough that the transition line was never that sharp.)